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Burmese filmmakers tell stories of a country in transition

by Rodion Ebbighausen.

As Myanmar undergoes a political transition, a film academy is supporting creative minds to tell stories through documentary.

Daw Ni Lang lives, works and laughs in Yangon, the biggest city in Myanmar (also known as Burma). Although nothing can apparently disturb the stoutly built woman, tears do well up in her eyes when she talks about her children. She has five but only one still lives in Myanmar.

She and her family are the protagonists of a documentary made by Zaw Naing Oo. The film tells the universal story of parents abandoned by their children who have to search for work elsewhere and the particular story of Myanmar where children have emigrated to finish their education. When the junta shut down schools and universities people were left with no choice but to go abroad.

The result is a moving film about everyday life in a military dictatorship.

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